Well, I’m not sure I’d go quite that far, but it certainly looks pretty spectacular – especially when seen from the bird’s eye view of a helicopter! The neon lights, the fountains dancing in time to the music, the nightly erupting volcano, and the chance to see Paris, New York, Venice and Ancient Egypt all in one over-the-top strip of manmade paradise is certainly a sight to behold.
This was my first time in Las Vegas, with the chance to go to JCK, the world’s biggest jewellery fair, as well as taking a few days’ off.
JCK sprawls over the vast exhibition halls of the Mandalay Bay, with over 3000 brands, designers and suppliers showcasing their wares. Great to see European designers conquering the US – with Pandora and Nikki Lissoni having a strong presence. But my main intention was to find unfamiliar, talented designers from the US, perhaps new to the UK, that I felt would excite us all back home.
And I have come back with a shortlist of 5 designers, some which will be exclusive to Fabulous, and all of which I am very excited by! We will be launching them over the next few months, so watch this space. A sneak look at some of their designs below…
And what else did I get up to in Vegas?
The top 5 things do when you’re tired of the casinos
1. The Grand Canyon by helicopter
35 minutes each way across desert, manmade lakes and the Hoover Dam, until you start flying through the incredible and truly awe-inspiring Canyon. Not to be missed.
2. See a show you won’t see anywhere else
Le Rêve, at the Wynn, is genuinely breathtaking. From high dives that are terrifying to watch, to an underwater tango, to aerial ballet, this show defies easy description, but I can honestly say it is mesmerising, and easy to understand why it is voted ‘Best Show in Las Vegas’.
3. Eat at Alizé
A stunning Michelin-starred French restaurant on the 56th floor of the Palms. It’s expensive, so go for a special treat – you’ll get the best view of the Strip at night, and brilliant, inventive, delicious food.
4. Do all the free stuff
It’s worth it. The hotels are tourist attractions in their own right, so go inside The Venetian, The Wynn, The Bellagio, to see a recreation of St Mark’s Square, canals with actual gondolas, carousel horses made from flowers, sculptures by Jeff Koons… the list is endless!
5. Go shopping at Fashion Show
A huge shopping mall with every store you could ever want, including all the top US department stores in one place, from Saks Fifth Avenue to Nordstrum. Go easy on the credit card!